ACSS London Chapter

Upcoming Chapter Events

Come join us to promote sanctions awareness and create a community for sanctions professionals in London! The mission of the ACSS London Chapter will be to serve, inform, and promote sanctions professionals in the London and Greater London Area. We hold regular events centred around hot topics in the sanctions industry that impact UK sanctions compliance professionals.

Next Chapter Event
Interactive Sanctions Roundtables


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Board Members

Tom Cornell

Chapter Chair
Debevoise & Plimpton

Tom practises as an associate in Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office. His practice focuses on complex international litigation and advice, with a particular emphasis on public international law and sanctions.

Tom is the co-author of ‘Sanctions Law’, which was published in January 2019 with a view to providing an accessible overview of sanctions law across a number of different jurisdictions. He has continued to write regularly on sanctions developments, and taught a sanctions module as part of the undergraduate law course at Lund University, Sweden.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Tom practised as a barrister and was Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson MR at the Court of Appeal for Easter and Trinity terms 2015. Tom also worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Jonathan Burke

Advisory Financial
EMEA Chief Sanctions Officer
Jonathan joined Citibank in 2019 based in London where he has oversight responsibility for sanctions compliance matters across the EMEA region. Previously, Jonathan led the sanctions services portfolio within EY’s Financial Services Advisory practice in the U.S., supporting global financial institutions with sanctions compliance program enhancements as well as independent reviews for U.S. and UK regulatory authorities. Prior to that, Jonathan held several positions with the U.S. Government, including sanctions policy roles within the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism & Financial Intelligence.

Stuart Gamester

Advisory Corporate
Trade Compliance Manager
Shell International Ltd (UK)
Stuart Gamester has been building and managing Ethics & Compliance processes for over 25 years in various multinational companies and also with Government Legislators, such as the Export Control Organisation and HMRC. Highly experienced in Import / Export controls, Sanctions, AML, ABC, with a UK/EU/US/Asia angle.

Stuart has developed and managed restricted party / KYC screening tools, built compliance processes and systems for trade / customs, risk assessment and management and is a qualified auditor (working with UK Government and multinational defence, pharmaceutical and oil & gas companies).

Out of work Stuart still tries to play cricket and is a Kent Cricket Club qualified coach, coaching at youth level.

Michelle J. Linderman

Advisory Legal
Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group
An English qualified solicitor with over 20 years of experience, Michelle advises clients – such as international businesses, traders, ship owners, charterers, insurers, financial institutions, and energy companies – on U.K.-specific and cross-border sanctions, including matters that concern national and international trade and financial sanctions. She also works closely with colleagues in the Privacy and Cybersecurity, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Litigation and Trial groups.

Michelle counsels clients on compliance with EU and U.K. sanctions legislation; U.K. anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws and regulations; the U.K. Modern Slavery Act; export controls; data privacy and cybersecurity issues. This work includes devising compliance policies and procedures; advising on enforcement and investigation proceedings; conducting internal investigations; and responding to government enquiries. She also advises licensees in disputes with enterprise database licensors including advising on how to manage licensing audits.

Michelle regularly publishes articles on the impact of EU sanctions, both in traditional media and online. She also speaks at industry events on sanctions, anti-bribery, and corruption and other compliance and regulatory issues with a particular focus on the maritime and (re)insurance industries.

Anna Sayre, CSS

Programmes Director
Sanctions Manager
Mazars LLP
Anna is a double qualified lawyer, being both a U.S. Attorney and a Solicitor of England & Wales. Before becoming a sanctions consultant for the ACSS, Anna spent over 10 years working within the financial crime sector in the City of London.

Her experience includes:

1 - K. financial watchdog - the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), where she assisted on a variety of high-profile financial crime investigations;

2 - Law firm - Eversheds-Sutherland, handling ad hoc sanctions advices and compliance audits for multinational clients; and

3 - Audit giant - Mazars, where she provided sanctions risk assessments as well as reviews of client’s sanctions compliance programs from top to bottom.

Earlier in her career, Anna gained experience working for the commercial litigation departments of law firms in Paris, London, and New York. Anna speaks Polish fluently and is also well-versed in French.


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